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Fabregas Sets His Sights On Title

'I believe this team can fight for the title.' Those are the words of would-be Arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas.

Don't forget them, because if he is the man lifting The Premiership for Arsenal come May, they'll go down in the history book.

The Spanish youngster would seem to be on a charm offensive with manager Arsene Wenger, as he bids to become one of Arsenal's youngets ever captains.

Of course there are three teams who the bookies say have a better chance of winning the league, but that hasn't stopped Arsenal in the past, so why should it now?

Cesc knows that and even said as much to The News of The World: 'While I respect the decisions of Henry and Ljungberg, I believe this team can fight for the title.

'The Premiership favourites are the same as last year - Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and us.

'And if we begin as a force, I do not discard the chance of Arsenal winning the title.'




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 29 2007

Time: 2:23PM

Your Comments

Damn right Cescy boy. He has to stay another 2 years for that tho :D What a shame :)
Goofle
after that first half of football all critics should now shutthe feck up...
mish
thierry who???????? RVP is superman
mish
van persies goal is one for the highlight reels. that was a complete display from THE ARSENAL. our pre-season is almost complete and our match sharpness is very good. a goal from midfield as well...its all coming together.
anonymous
too true, RVP is the dogs knackers, naughty goal... really impressed with hleb also,hes beginning to show his class again,the only player ım concerned about is gallas,has he become the new campbell? i mean solid display,reads the game well and very commited,but one lapse of concentration,one mistake and we are punished
fran merida
WHAT A BRILLIANT GOAL BY RVP ! 20+ THIS SEASON 4 SURE !!! eboue played very well in the rm spot.....sagna was brilliant today !!
HENRY`14
The whole team played fantastically today, aside from Hleb and RVP...Gibbs was a worthy mention as well...and Flamini didn't look out of place either...now for Lazio this Thursday...
jess_farenesh
anyone know where to go for footage of RvP'S Goal?
JakeB
Well done lads, did'nt let their heads drop when they were all over Inter like a rash yet still went behind with their only srike on target AGAIN!!, although Inter did'nt really show up full marks to the kids that played em off the park, blinding bullet from RVP and nice to see Hleb rewarded with a goal 2.
nikolaijns
not sure where you can watch streaming but you can download highlignhts here http://www.zshare.net/download/2897805b2205cc/
anonymous
also check daily motion and search arsenal inter emirates cup
anonymous
http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/arsenal+inter+emirates+cup/video/x2nfqq_11-mins-highlights-arsenal-vs-inter_sport
HENRY`14
Good game, though I am still concerned about our defensive weakness. We completely dominated play, and Inter only had something like 2 chances on goal. Hleb looked good in the 2nd half, after a quiet 1st half.
prits
Good goal from RVP! Now their is an interesting dual. Berbagod or RVP, for the title of best striker in north London. I'm sure you'll all say RVP, and we'll say Berbagod. But trying to look at both players objectively I would still give Berbagod the edge; I see 2 areas of RVP game that I believe is superior to Berbagod. 1. He has more pace, 2. His shot contains more venom than Berbagod. However I think Berbagod has a better all round game, 1. He holds the line up better, 2. He has a better 1st touch 3. He brings other players in the game better 4. Offers more in the air. Nothing to choose between them as far as a goal threat is concern. The one caveat that I would put on my assesment, is the fact that Berba has only done it for one season. Would be interested to hear your opinions on both players (unbiased of course)
Topspur1
Hleb and Flamini have scored, now for Tomas, Cesc and Bert to open their accounts for the season then we should do alright!!!
stukazufuss
It is a good duel Topspur, but I would still give the edge to RVP, coz he is way more talented than Berbie, and I believe we still havent seen the best of RVP over a full season. RVP is very good with free kicks, one more area where he scores over Berbie. Though Berbie brings other players in, I believe RVP does it better. Plus RVP is more versatile and can come in off the wings, something that I havent seen Berbie do. That said, it is extremely difficult to look at it objectively.
prits
Your assesment does not surprise me at all; we will just have to see. I'm really looking forward to this season, their are some cracking games in prospect.
Topspur1
I like this lad very much. Wonder if he has a sisterLOL
alwaysgunner
Berbatov has more experience than RvP but I think they are different types of players. RvP is more likely to produce the spectacular while Berbatov is a little more of a poacher/box player from what I have seen. Is there any significance in the fact that RvP got more premiership goals than Berbie last season despite playing the half the number of games? Maybe not but we'll see what this season brings.
Amos.
Topspur, Berbatov is what 28/29? now and undoubtably in the prime of his career, so really there won't be no any huge improvement esp. not in the pace dept! RVP is 24 and only just beginning to hit his peak of ability. This season he will be our top dog and I can see in him it's something he relishes. The lineage of Wengers' untouchables will see the realisation of another super world class Arsenal player, Berbatov threw himself into his first season in the PL to get himself in the shop window, he has not hidden the fact he views Spurs as "a stepping stone" (his own words) at the end of the next season he'll be close to hitting 30 and desperate to win honours at one of the big 4, and despite the huffing and puffing of various players (Bent) and the odd ever hopeful spud journo - that won't include Sp*rs.
nikolaijns
Berbatov was 26 last January, It took him 4 months to settle in. I think he only scored 4 goals in that period. That IMO is reason why RVP scored more league goals in less games, I think this season will define whether both players are the real deal. For RVP it will be for him to prove he can take the mantle from Henry, For Berbagod it will be can he do it now that he is known buy the opposition, but I do believe having Bent means we have the option of resting him occasionally. nikolaijns when we win the league, FA cup, Uefa cup & CC he will realise he has no need to leave.
Topspur1
no but he will also have no need to live either, being the ripe old age of 105! ;)
nikolaijns
My god, a Gooner with a sense of humour. Lol!!
Topspur1
thought Berba was older though TS my mistake
nikolaijns
niko, you're being a tad optimistic eh. You mean spurs will win one of those in the next 80 years ? ;)
prits
If I'm being optimistic Prits they won't ever win jack in my great grandchildrens lifetimes either (or am I confusing that with realistic? :) )
nikolaijns
Good on ya, Cesc. It's about time people were optimistic for the season. We shouldn't get too carried away but the team looks to be gelling nicely and seems to have a very good team spirit. The Emirates Cup win, although only pre-season, will have a good effect on the team and will encourage them to break out of Henry's shadow. Another plus point is that Gallas seemed to be revelling in the close team atmosphere.
adamski243
Well make the most of it, it's the only think you'll win for the 106 years!;))
Topspur1
apart from 212 North London derbys of course!!
nikolaijns
I can't believe you think Barnet will be in the PL for the next 106 years, now thatís being an optimist
Topspur1
212 Arsenal/Barnet NL derbys? yeah Topspur thats got a nice ring to it! you're obviously contemplating relegation this season then lol
nikolaijns
No! your right. you'll both be in the championship. my mistake!!
Topspur1
It's obviously time for your medicine TS! As Rocky7 recently wagered Sp*rs/Chavs, I too offer you this: whoever of our clubs is the next to win any major silverware, the supporter of the non winning club (either me or your good self) will appear on the opposing vital page proclaiming their love of the cock/cannon! up 4 it?
nikolaijns
Deal! I look forward to seeing you making love to the cockeril
Topspur1
and I to see you caress the cannon sir!
nikolaijns
Dear god I hope thatís not some kind of vile innuendo. Good on ya niko, you might wanna get your shirt order in sharpish, limited edition donít you know
Phartman87
aah the blind optimism of the pre season spud! still on a high no doubt from dismantling the mighty Orlando pirates the only limited edition shirts regarding Sp*rs are the XXXXXXL ones Biggy Jol has tailormade, which he duly hires out over the summer months as the cover for festival main stages.
nikolaijns
Ahh niko! Youíre a very humorous man, are you sure youíre a Gooner. Much better to put an opponent down with humour rather than abuse. Look forward to the banter over the coming season, Iíll order a kiddies size shirt for you now, would you like the home kit or away?
Topspur1
Topspur I don't know how long it took between Niko making the offer and you accepting, but I salute your eagerness and bravery! I just hope you true to your word!
Andy-bayor
Andy I think you should be directing that at nico, he still has not come back to let me know what colour he wants.
Topspur1
Topspur, I was more concerned that he might be taking candy off a kid - which is why I said fair dues to you.... but seeing as you're so civil, you can betcha I'll support you in holding the dastardly niko to this deal!
Andy-bayor
what colour? red & white baby!, Topspur you'll find we're all a pretty civil bunch here and we deal with most things in good humour but with the exception of yourself, Jacky B and Gilzean the majority of your compatriots are anything but, spilling over here with bile, vitriol and 48 yrs of pre seasonal joy and post seasonal grief ;) but yep lookin 4ward to banterful buffoonery in the season ahead.
nikolaijns
With him firing on all cylinders you've got half a chance!
sandgroanun
I have always maintained my optimism that we will lift some silverware this season and the League is one of them. The players just need to be confident and committed and the rest will be automatic. I dont doubt their ability at all.
Zimbolicious
 

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